Choosing the perfect dress for a special event can be very exciting, but it can also be challenging especially if you have a specific look in mind. Whether you are looking for a simple cocktail dress for a party, your prom dress, your wedding dress, or a social occasion dress, it is important to stay true to what looks best on you. Considering your body type and complexion is key when choosing a gown- more so than going for something that is simply “in style”. When figuring out what look best suits you, think about the following:
Just because the dress looks great on the hanger doesn’t mean it will go perfectly with your complexion and hair color. If you have fair skin and bright red hair, a ruby red colored dress may not be the best choice. Similarly for olive skinned complexions, avoiding certain shades of green would be a good idea as well. Make sure the color makes your complexion and eyes pop rather than make you look washed out. Sharing the shopping experience with a close friend or family member whose opinion you could trust is always helpful in the selection process.
Style and Cut:
Choosing the right style and cut that’s flattering for your figure is just as important, if not more important, than finding the right color. Showcasing your best assets is key in finding your perfect dress. Do you have great legs? Show them off! Choosing a shorter cocktail dress may be a great option for you. On the same token, if you are more concerned about hiding problem areas, such as your waist or hips, you may want to look at an A-line style gown that flatters your bottom half. A line silhouette’s look flattering on virtually any body type. They cinch in the waist and cover up the hip area.
When choosing your special dress, you’ll also need to think about how you are going to accessorize. Shoes, handbags, and jewelry should complement the color and style gown you decide on. Usually, more neutral colors or metallics look good with anything. If you’re going for shoes and a clutch that match exactly, you may want to consider having the items dyed to match. When picking out jewelry also keep things in mind like the gown’s neckline, length, and how you will be wearing your hair. For example, if your gown is a halter neckline, wearing a necklace may be a little much. In this case, opting for a bold earring rather than a necklace would be the way to go. If your gown is floor length, selecting a shoe that is heavily embellished may not be the best idea as it could catch on the hemline. Go for a simpler shoe instead. It’s these small details and accessories that add the final touch to your overall look.
Give yourself time! Don’t wait until a week before your event to start shopping, In many cases, the gown will have to be custom ordered which will usually take several weeks to several months. Don’t settle for less just because you didn’t give yourself enough time to shop. You should look your best and choose a gown you love!
Making a fashion statement doesn’t mean you have to follow the current trends. It’s about looking fabulous and feeling confident wearing something that flatters your best features. Hopefully these basic tips will help you the next time you find yourself shopping for that perfect dress!